VA Des Moines Clinic Opens to Public

Johnson recently celebrated the opening of the newest outpatient clinic for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Des Moines, Iowa. The clinic features primary care, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, prosthetics and sensory aids, radiology, pathology and laboratory medicine, pharmacy, and home-based primary care services. The facility also features expanded telehealth and a dedicated women’s health space.

“As a veteran, these projects have great personal meaning. It is a privilege to collaborate with our partners to provide spaces that ensure the care of those who have served our country,” said Jim Johnson, Founder and Chairman for Johnson. “We are honored to serve the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and invest in the health of our veterans and communities nationwide.”

The Des Moines Outpatient Clinic will serve more than 19,000 veterans in the central Iowa region, and is the 12th VA facility developed by Johnson. The 42,000-square-foot clinic is unique in that it utilizes a previous Toys ‘R Us at Southridge Mall. “The adaptive reuse of the previous building provided a significant opportunity to not only reduce costs, but also minimize the environmental impact of additional development,” said Derek Weaver, Senior Vice President for Johnson.

The team completed the project on schedule despite the challenges presented from COVID-19. Johnson led the team as owner and developer, and currently manages the facility. SciArt Studio of La Crosse, Wis. served as the architect on the project. LS Black of St. Paul, Minn. was the general contractor.

“The new primary care clinic is a state-of-the-art facility that our veterans, our staff, our city and our state can be proud of,” said Darwin Goodspeed, Director of the Central Iowa VA Health Care System.

Johnson’s investment in VA facilities to-date totals approximately $300 million. In addition to the Des Moines project, Johnson is actively working on VA facilities in Missouri, Michigan, Florida, and Texas.

Johnson continues to be a leading developer of private-sector healthcare, with its annual project volume ranking them among Modern Healthcare’s top healthcare developers nationwide. In addition to its development platform, Johnson’s project management division serves the needs of its private-sector clients in both large-scale hospital construction and renovation projects, with initiatives in Utah, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Alabama.